an american dream

Partly_Cloudy 8:30 am – so far we’re off to a good start for today’s marathon. the nyc marathon is the biggest sporting event on the planet. 42,000 people running, two million spectators and another 330 million people watching on tv.

6 of the top 10 winners on the men’s side were american – including #1, Meb Keflezighi.  amazing.

he was born is asmara (eastern africa).  his parents brought meb and his 10 brother’s and sisters to america in search of a better life.  i got the following info from meb’s website – it’s a great story.

Meb earned his B.A. in Communication Studies with a specialization in Business from UCLA. Meb has persevered through stints of injuries after college to make his phenomenal comeback.  This spirit of endurance is fueled by his parents’ fervent determination to save their family from the gruesome 30-year war that tore apart Eritrea and Ethiopia.  Knowing that his life was threatened by the Ethiopian regime, Meb’s father fled the country and worked for four years as a laborer to save his family.  They reunited in Italy where they lived for two years before arriving in San Diego in the late 1980s.  Despite the language barriers and life as an expatriate, Meb and his ten brothers and sisters have created their own legacy by making education their number one priority.  Among the children who are out of high school, they hold six undergraduate degrees, an MBA, an MD, one is working on a JD and another is on her way to Stanford University.  In 1998, Meb became a US citizen and he possesses dual-citizenship with Eritrea.

For many Eritreans, Meb symbolizes what their families fought for in the war with Ethiopia: the freedom to succeed.  For long distance running fans, Meb is a role model who has rejuvenated their sport, attracting new fans in the same vein as Tiger Woods in golf and the Williams sisters in tennis. To world humanitarians, Meb is an example of how third-world refugees who, when given opportunities, can become heroes to those around them.  For everyone else, according to Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab, the CEO of the NHP Foundation “Meb is an inspiration to all new Americans and his story demonstrates the power of the American Dream.”

 

 

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”

 Leonard Bernstein quotes

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